I want my children to grow up and be who God has intended for them to be…but so often I find myself hoping and praying that they hold fast to the traits that make their father great. I don’t want mini barts because I love their own unique personalities, but there are qualities I hope will stick.
Which ones you might wonder?
Honesty. Bart is the most honest man I’ve ever known. Trust is heavily linked to honesty obviously- and I love that he is so trustworthy. He’s dependable and real and values truth so strongly. Oh, I hope our children are that honest.
Humility. Bart exudes humility even when he thinks he’s being prideful. He might roll his eyes at this, but I’ve never met someone who desires humility more than he does. He is constantly checking his heart and his motives- even when everything seems fine.
Righteous. I don’t need our children to be perfect- Lord knows we aren’t. But what I love about Bart is that he strives for righteousness. He isn’t content to live status quo, or “good enough”…he is always looking for more. He wants to go deeper in God because he knows that more God is more love and that lead to righteousness.
Humor. If our children are half as hilarious as Barty, they are golden. Not only does he have a genuine sense of how to make people laugh, he knows when to use it in the most serious of situations. Laughter can diffuse so much tension and mend so much frustration in a moment. He’s brilliant. Our marriage is better because he’s funny.
Kindness. It’s rare to find a man who is so in tune with what is going on around them. I don’t mean to stereotype, but so many men are pretty aloof and they don’t see past what’s right in front of them. This is a round about way to get to kindness, but I know that Bart’s heart for others stems from his sensitive heart- and the way he cares for others is so kind. He is sweet and thoughtful and I already see this developing in my sons. What a gift.
Servant. I don’t know another man who serves his wife like Bart does. While I wish I was the all american house wife of old, clearly I am not. Bart cleans our house, does laundry, dishes, changes diapers and everything in between…plus his full time job. He serves relentlessly and does so much without even being asked- he’s my hero. I am so thankful that our children get to see such a wonderful example if they ever want to get married.
I could keep going and going…but I have many more fathers days to come.
You are my favorite Bart. Happy Fathers Day my dearest!
And Happy Father’s Day to my own dad- the one I got so many qualities from myself. I am so thankful you are my dad… I couldn’t have picked a better one.